Go behind-the-scenes to learn about our animal care facilities! So choose an Animal CareTour for your next adventure at the Zoo!

Botanical Wonders

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Have you ever seen an elephant ear? How about a bengal tiger canna? Let the experts, zoo horticulture staff, guide you on a fascinating and educational one-hour walking tour. Experience the flora in the immersion exhibit River's Edge, plus the beauty of colorful annuals and trees at the Zoo.

Number of Guests: Minimum of four; maximum of 20
Meeting Times: Offered Monday-Friday, June through October at 8:30 a.m.
Fee: $15 per person

Nutrition Center

Healthy Animals, Healthy People is the motto of our Animal Nutrition Center and Institute for Conservation Medicine. Find out what it takes to provide healthy food for all of the animals here at the zoo, what kinds of food we feed, how we store it all and how we deliver it each and every day.

Our staff nutritionist researches and determines the nutritional needs of each animal and which foods would provide the most beneficial nutrients. The nutritionist also must work closely and collaborate with all of the Animal Division staff to make sure the animals are eating healthy.

Number of Guests: Minimum of four; maximum of 10
Meeting Times
: May vary. No Friday, Saturday or Sunday availability.
Duration: ~30-45 minutes
Fee: $35 per person
Age Requirements: Ages 10 and up

Vet Hospital 

Have you ever wondered how the Zoo maintains such a diverse collection of animals and keeps them so healthy? How does someone treat a giraffe vs. a tiny frog? Many animals in our care are threatened with extinction or have very specific needs. Come take the opportunity to meet with our vet staff to learn more about the animals in their care and some of the very clever ways they treat some of the needs they require.

Number of Guests: Minimum of 4 guests and maximum of 20
Meeting times: May vary. Offered Monday-Friday only
Duration: ~45-60 minutes
Fee: $35 per person
Age Requirements: Ages 10 and up

Book A Tour

We require reserving at least two weeks in advance. To give your group a truly unique experience, please fill out the form below or contact our Group Tours Agent at (314) 781-0900 ext. 4840. 

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